2nd ICONIC Summer School and 4th ICONIC Project Meeting in Belfast

2nd ICONIC Summer School and 4th ICONIC Project Meeting in Belfast

12th September 2018

By Sascha Serno


All 15 ICONIC ESRs and two affiliated PhD students participated in the 2nd ICONIC Summer School at the impressive Graduate School of Queen’s University Belfast on 27-29th August 2018. The 2nd ICONIC Summer School was centred around virtual testing and design of composite structures.

The Summer School kicked off with a very interactive training course in public communication, run by the local training company Channel56, by two trainers with long-term experience in Media Communication and Publishing. After this half-day training, the ESRs participated in a guided tour of the Bombardier wing facility in Belfast, run by ICONIC supervisor Derek Simpson.



We started the second day of the 2nd ICONIC Summer School with a career development workshop. This included a LPI360 leadership skills analysis to identify strengths and potential gaps in the leadership skills of all ICONIC ESRs and affiliated PhD students, and an interactive presentation by Steve Orr from Catalyst Inc. in Belfast on the transition from PhD to employment for Engineers. Furthermore, Dr. Andrea Faggiani from Red Bull Technology and Dr. Declan Nolan from Queen’s University Belfast presented their career experiences, as a company engineer coming from academia and as an academic lecturer having worked in industry, respectively. The career development workshop ended with a panel discussion, providing the young researchers with the opportunity to ask questions about career experiences to all participants.



In the afternoon, Prof. Pedro Camanho form the University of Porto (Portugal) gave a seminar on analysis models for polymer composites at different length scales, and Dr. Michel Mahé from Airbus (France) presented on virtual testing at Airbus, with a focus on the A350 success story.



The 2nd ICONIC Summer School finished in the morning of 29th August 2018 with a session on virtual tools used by two companies for composite materials and perceived needs. Frank Kirkland from Rolls-Royce (United Kingdom) and Bas Tijs from GKN Aerospace: Fokker (The Netherlands) presented. Both speakers and Prof. Camanho also participated in a panel discussion with the delegates in the audience to answer questions about the future of composite material modelling and perceived needs.



The 4th ICONIC Project Meeting began after the lunch break on 29th August 2018, with management and dissemination updates from myself, plus ICONIC group and board meetings in the afternoon. The ESRs and affiliated PhD students also had a follow-up session with the Channel56 trainers on the public communication workshop.

We were joined by our REA Project Officer for our mid-term review meeting on 30th August, during which all ICONIC ESRs presented their work, training, dissemination and outreach progress since the start of ICONIC.



The ICONIC events at Queen’s University Belfast ended on 31st August 2018 with a tailored full-day training course on ABAQUS applications for composites, run by two trainers from ICONIC partner organisation Dassault Systèmes UK Ltd.

We would like to thank the staff from the Graduate School and School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as Channel56, Dassault Systèmes UK Ltd. and Bombardier for their excellent job in hosting and helping the ICONIC Management Group to organise an incredible week of events at Queen’s University Belfast.


Read more about the 2nd ICONIC Summer School here and about the 4th ICONIC Project Meeting here.